Uses of CAD/CAM Technology

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Anybody who has been the recipient of one or more cosmetic dental implements over the course of their life is probably more than aware of how long and drawn-out the process can be. While the final result is always pristine, there is usually more than a bit of back and forth to and from the dental office. The most significant waiting period is probably the time between being measured for the new addition and the time spent waiting for it to be physically produced in a dental lab. Technological breakthroughs in recent years, however, have made this inconvenience completely obsolete. With the advent of CAD/CAM technology, our dentists are now able to outfit your smile with the appropriate enhancements in less time than ever before.


In the past, an initial consultation appointment with out dentist was required to both go over the goals of the patient and also to prepare the mouth for the fixture and take the impressions an off-site dental lab would use to manufacture your new crown, bridge, or onlay. Once the fixture was ready, you had to go back to the office to have it placed. The CAD/CAM workflow streamlines the process, allowing our dentists to restore your teeth with much less unnecessary waiting.


CAD/CAM technique involves special equipment that enables our dentists to complete the process entirely in our own office and in one visit. After the tooth or teeth in question have been cleaned, sculpted, and prepared in anticipation of the coming procedure, a highly-accurate scanner is used to gather as much data as possible about them, and a digital 3D model of the patient’s mouth will be generated. From this model the appropriate measurements will be taken. This data is then used to instruct a built-in, extremely precise milling chamber on what to build and how to build it. Using this information, your new fixture will be hewn from either composite resin or porcelain. When the machine has finished producing the implement, the rest of the process is as simple as having it placed, set with cement, and adjusted within the context of your bite.


Features of CAD/CAM Dentistry


CAD/CAM technology is among the most advanced dental options available today. It refers to computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, and in dentistry, it is used to design and complete restorations in a single appointment. This saves you time and improves your comfort by eliminating the need for temporary acrylic restorations. Our dentist can use CAD/CAM dentistry for a variety of applications, including crowns, inlays and onlays.

Some of the features of CAD/CAM dentistry include:

1. Fast results
Rather than waiting weeks for your new restoration, you can often be in and out of our office in about an hour. We prepare your tooth just like we would for any other restoration and then take a digital impression. This impression is used to customize your new crown to fit your tooth precisely.

2. Unparalleled quality
High-quality porcelain is used to create CAD/CAM restorations, and we use advanced technology to match your tooth precisely so that you can get the most aesthetic results possible.

3. Improved comfort
Not only do you not have to wear a temporary restoration, but you also will not need multiple anesthetic shots. Once your tooth is prepared, your final restoration can be placed as soon as it is finished.

Call today to learn more about same day dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco.

What Does CAD/CAM Technology Do?

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As we progress further into the twenty first century, we are greeted with new tools and technologies affecting different areas of our lives. The dentistry field is not exempt from these innovations. CAD/CAM technology is changing the way we practice dental care at our downtown San Francisco dentist location, and allowing for more convenient and efficient treatment.

CAD, or Computer Aided Design, is a form of technology that assists in the drawing and technical drafting of products. In other words, CAD technology can allow designers (or more specifically, dentists) to develop 3D models for medical use. Dentists and specialists can scan patient’s teeth and create crowns more quickly. A process that used to take weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours.

Molds and impressions of teeth requiring crowns once needed to be sent to labs, where technicians required weeks to create the coverings. Now, dentists can use a variety of tools and technologies to scan teeth, and digitally send them to a milling or 3D machine located right in the office. The machines are then able to carve or print the crown from porcelain or resin.

This new ability allows for quicker, more convenient treatment. Patients no longer need to wait to fix their broken or otherwise damaged teeth and can spend less time in the dental office and away from work. If you are interested in learning more, contact our expert in CAD/CAM technology in San Francisco.